How many of us really know who we are?
For me, motherhood has been an enlightening experience, the beginning of a complex and colourful journey deep into my Self.
The A-Z of Motherhood documents this journey. Within the pages of the book are 26 words that map the first two years of my new adventure. Each page of handmade paper is dyed with the colour that corresponds to its specific word, amplifying the energy of the emotions.
Segments of my ultrasound scans are engraved into the custom wood type, stamped into the surface of the handmade paper, symbolic of the fingerprints of a newborn baby recorded at birth. Titanium rods representing the internal mental and physical strength of a mother hold the binding together, forming not only the crown of the child, but also the soul of the mother. The sterling silver beads symbolize the cord both physical and spiritual that links us eternally to our child. The book is protected by a hand stitched blanket cover made from Faribault Woolen Mills fabric containing the narrative of this journey that began in Minnesota.
I would like to thank Bridget O’Malley for assisting me with the paper-making, Gundrun Zapf Von Hesse for her typeface Colombine, Hedi Kyle for her wonderful piano hinge binding and Lilian Verner Bonds for her deep knowledge and understanding of colour.
I am very grateful to the Jerome Foundation for their generous support that enabled me to make this edition of 8 books. Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in further information.